Tooth Extractions - Patient Education
Patients see why some teeth need to be removed and some do not. This video explains the extraction procedure, what to expect, and the healing period, including 3rd molar extractions. Gordon explains bone shrinkage and touches briefly on bone grafting. He compares the various restorative procedures (dental implants with crowns, fixed bridges attached to remaining teeth, and removable partial or complete dentures) that may be accomplished after tooth removal. It is emphasized that whenever possible, retention of teeth is the most acceptable choice. Gordon dispels the myth that removal of all teeth will solve all of a person’s problems. The advantages, disadvantages, relative costs, risks, and results of doing nothing are indicated. Patients are told to discuss the condition of their teeth with their dentist to determine appropriate treatment.